M. Nayda VEEMAN
M. Nayda Veeman Nayda Veeman (nee Layson) of Saskatoon, SK was the only child of John and Jennie Layson (Satherlie). She grew up on the family farm near Milestone, SK. A determined student, she persuaded her parents to let her start school a year early. Her eagerness to learn continued throughout her life. She earned a BA in Biology for the University of Saskatchewan in 1965, and then a MSc in Biochemistry from McGill University in 1967. Nayda met her husband Glenn at the dining room at Saskatchewan Hall when both resided on campus. They led an adventurous life together. They eloped in 1967 and moved to Montreal - Nayda for graduate school, Glenn for a medical internship. In 1969, they went to Malawi, East Africa with CUSO, where they lived for two years. While there, Nayda taught biology and Glenn practiced medicine. On vacation, they traveled throughout East Africa in their VW Beetle. In 1971, they backpacked through Asia on their return to Saskatoon. Their two children, Tanya and Chris, were born in 1972 and 1973 respectively. Nayda was a tireless community organizer and an effective leader. She took on executive positions with numerous organizations in volunteer and paid roles, including Women in Technology, Immigrant Women of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Community College. In 2006, she was honoured with a Star on Broadway Avenue in Saskatoon for her leadership in establishing community ownership of the Broadway Theatre - and keeping its doors open. Nayda was the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Literacy Network for many years, and her passion for family literacy led to her return to the U of S to conduct comparative research on literacy strategies in Canada and Sweden, for which she was granted a PhD in 2004. Nayda was a vibrant woman with an appetite for life. Her sense of adventure and openness to the world remained a constant throughout her life. She found a reason to visit all of the Continents, whether for development work, research, to play tennis in the World Masters games, to visit friends, or for tourism. She also loved the outdoors: among other adventures she canoed the Nahanni River, helped to build a log cabin, and learned to scuba dive. She spoke several languages and maintained numerous international friendships. She loved classical music and was a skillful pianist. Nayda faced her diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia was grace and courage. She passed away peacefully at Reminiscent Way, Sherbert Community Centre in Saskatoon. The family would like to thank the staff at Sherbrooke for their kind and devoted care. Nayda is survived by her husband of 49 years, Glenn; daughter Tanya (husband Rangi Jeerakathil) and their son Erik; and son Chris (wife Paola Chiste) and their children Luca, Mikko and Lena. Nayda is also lovingly remembered by her extended family. A Memorial Service and a Celebration of Nayda's Life will be held at Sherbrooke Community Centre on October 28, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan Inc. (301-2550 12th Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 2E7) or the Sherbrooke Foundation Inc. (401 Acadia Drive, Saskatoon, S7H 2E7). Arrangements are entrusted to Martens Warman Funeral Home, 306-934-4888.
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